Calder Foundation

Back from Rio

Date 1959
Sheet metal, rod, and paint
5'7 1⁄2" × 4'6" × 12'
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; In honor of William H. Brown, Jr., 1967
Map of installed works
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Historical Photos  1
Works / Monumental Sculpture 211
Works / Standing Mobile 247
Related Timeline
1953–1962 Large-scale Developments and Intercontinental Projects

During a yearlong stay in Aix-en-Provence, Calder executed the first group of large-scale outdoor works and concurrently concentrated on painting gouaches. In 1954–55, he visited the Middle East, India, and South America, with trips to Paris in between, resulting in an astonishing output and range of work. Toward the late 1950s, Calder turned his attention to commissions both at home and abroad.